1998: Government sets up expert committee to review the Mental Health Act 1983.
1999: An alliance of 15 agencies set up to campaign against expected government plans for compulsory community treatment.
1999: Green paper on mental health law reform, includes plans for compulsory community treatment.
2000: White paper on mental health law reform published.
2002: Draft Mental Health Bill.
2004: Following strong opposition to the first draft bill a second draft Mental Health Bill is published.
2005: Joint House of Commons/Lords scrutiny committee on bill publishes report with 107 recommendations for change.
2006: Government drops plans for extensive bill, instead deciding to reform 1983 Act.
2007: Much amended bill passed.
Mad World (Examining the policies, decisions and events affecting the lives of people with mental health problems around the world)